I got called for work the last couple of days, which is good because we need the money. Day shift at one of the local elementary schools- my favorite assignment. But I slept very little Tuesday night, and by the end of the day yesterday I was on empty. Nothing to say, and no words to say it with. And even now as I sit here I don't know where I'm going to go with this. I feel leaden, soggy- maybe getting a cold, I don't know.
This is an interesting phenomenon, this blogging business. A blog is a new medium, and the blog post post is really a new sort of literary form. I doubt that anyone sits down with their word processing program and carefully crafts, and re-crafts their material before putting it on line. Of course, there are no 'rules', but the protocol seems to require spontaneity: an impromptu pouring out of whatever is on the writer's radar at the moment.
Too, there is the issue of intimacy coupled with its opposite, publicity. On the one hand we realize that, for the best part, we have a very small, and very limited group of readers, but at the same time the blog is a broadcast that reaches every corner of the civilized world. It has your name on it, even though it is well nigh impossible for anyone to find out who you really are. It's like having your phone number "published" in the telephone directory. You don't generally open the book, turn to the page with your number on it, and then sit by the instrument waiting for someone to call and talk to you. You can, of course, promote yourself, mostly by posting comments on other, more widely read venues, and hope that someone will like your comment, and tune in to your own private broadcast . I see people do this a lot, but to me it looks cheap. Blog-pimping is the apt slang for this behavior.
And yet. Everyone who does this harbors some small hope that their home made site on Blogger will become a major draw, get linked at bigger sites, and earn a little fame, if no fortune. Anonymous fame. That is something new in the world. And that's all I seem to have this morning.